Salt: A World History Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mark Kurlansky
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. On which river are the Salzburg and Hallein salt mines located?

2. Which was most likely the first civilization to realize salting food could preserve it?

3. Which salted dish became particularly popular throughout Europe?

4. What is the title of Chapter 10?

5. What is the name of the process in which the Japanese ferment beans in earthen pots?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Roquefort cheese made?

2. How did ketchup develop into tomato ketchup?

3. How did the Chinese make salt in 800 BC.

4. How did the Ventian government maximize their profits from the salt trade?

5. How did the Basques earn their fortune before the discovery of salt?

6. Why were the Celts viewed as fearsome warriors?

7. Why were the Basques different from other Europeans?

8. In what way can American history be described as a constant struggle over salt?

9. How do the people of Parma make their cheese?

10. Why was salt in such high demand in Britain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What health problems can salt cause? How have countries tried to combat the health problems caused by too much salt?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the construction of Kurlansky's argument.

1. How does he introduce his ideas?

2. How does he construct his ideas to come to logical conclusion?

3. What weaknesses and strengths can you identify in Kurlansky's argument?

Essay Topic 3

How were the following countries important in the development of salt?

1. China.

2. Britain.

3. USA.

4. Italy.

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